Thomas Vanderham – This Is Home | SHIMANO

Thomas Vanderham – This Is Home | SHIMANO


– I just struck gold here. This was my binder. It kinda served as my
resume for a lot of years. I remember walking this thing all around the Interbike show, like
visiting sponsors and stuff. This big clunky thing. You wanna hear the opening line? “Mountain biking is a
sport which allows you “to express yourself with your own style, “and one that I have come
to love and work hard at.” (inspirational music) Not bad. (inspirational music) I think a lot of people think of extreme athletes as being a little wild and a little crazy, and
Thomas was never that. I think he had the
carefulness and the desire to make a career out of it. I mean we talked about it a lot when he graduated from high school, because I really wanted
him to go to university, and he said, “Four years out of this “and there won’t be
anything to come back to.” (inspirational music) – I spent the last 20 years competing, filming, and riding my
bike all over the world, and it’s hard for me to pinpoint one thing that has led to the length of career that I’ve been able to enjoy. It’s a combination of things. Probably first and foremost
just a true like passion for mountain biking. I really enjoy riding my bike, and I think that’s what has
allowed me to do it for so long. Having kids, having a
family inevitably changes I think your perspective on life, and also for me like my perspective
on my chosen profession. It’s, you know. It’s the cliche, I guess,
but your priorities just completely change you know, It’s not all about you anymore. I don’t know if it was exactly calculated, but I think it was the
last year I rode Rampage was the year before my
daughter was born. (laughs) (inspirational music) I think I’ve just become less
selfish about my own time. My time isn’t just mine anymore. It’s theirs and like I love
sharing my time with them. Getting as much time as I can with them. – It’s just a great joy to me, to see him with his family,
and he definitely tries to be part of his family despite
his sort of erratic schedule. (inspirational music) – Yeah, I’ve been even more
sorta dedicated to my job and trying to be I guess
efficient with my time as possible, I think having a family has made me a better professional. (inspirational music) ♪ I’m all out of time ♪ ♪ I’m under pressure and afraid
I want it all to go away ♪ ♪ I want it all ♪ I didn’t actually start mountain
biking on the North Shore. I grew up in Edmonton, Alberta. It’s probably not the
first place you think of. As a kid, I just had a blast
exploring the river valley. Riding around the neighborhood. Around the streets, I
didn’t know anything else, and I was perfectly content. – He spent a lot of time in that alley. Everybody I’m still in
contact with from Edmonton will talk about the kid
who did the wheelies up and down the street. – This alley was really my
one of my first introductions to mountain biking. My neighbor across the
street here, one day, shortly after moving into our house, I looked out and I saw
him wheelie all the way up this alley, and I was
just basically mesmerized and excited that I had
to learn how to do that. – You, I forget your
first name, but Vanderham. – Thomas. – Thomas yeah, we bought the
house from your mom and dad. I heard you’re famous, so I (laughs), I should get your autograph. – No, no, no, nothing like that. – No. (laughs) You’re obviously still riding. – I am still riding, yeah. – When we announced that
we were gonna make the move to North Vancouver, Thomas was not happy, he was not wanting to leave
the scene that he had here. On the trip that I took to check
out the scene in Vancouver, I visited a bicycle shop,
and was able to get my hands on a video that the guy in the bike shop thought Thomas would appreciate. I gave the video to Thomas. He took it downstairs. Came up half an hour
later and said, “Okay. “I’ll move to Vancouver.” – My name is Thomas Vanderham. (exciting rhythmic music) I didn’t know really that I
was truly moving into the heart of the free ride scene at
that time, and in retrospect, 1998 was a very pivotal
year for the North Shore. It was really becoming globally recognized for the riding that was happening there and the unique trails and
stunts that were being built, and I was just transplanted
right into the middle of it and quickly became embedded in
the whole free ride movement. It was a really like exciting time to be a young kid on the Shore. I started working at the Cove Bike Shop, and Wade Simmons was also
working there at that time. So I got to sorta rub shoulders with Wade a bit in the back and get to know him and then you know having the chance to start riding with him, be his teammate for so
many years at Rocky, and really become good friends. This line’s like probably 20 years old. It never gets easier. Probably gets harder. Let’s clear a way and
get some riding going. ♪ Lifting a weight off of me ♪ ♪ See the forest ♪ ♪ For the trees ♪ – Whoa ho!
– Whoa! (laughing) – Nice drop.
– The shoot’s the easy part. – It really is.
(both laughing) – That’s almost as good
as a third cup of coffee in the morning. (laughing) ♪ Go now, go now ♪ ♪ Tomorrow waits for you ♪ ♪ Go now, go now ♪ ♪ Tomorrow waits for you ♪ ♪ Drifting so far down the stream ♪ ♪ Rocking ♪ ♪ Rolling ♪ ♪ Call to me ♪ – That one.
– That’s thick rocks. – The whole line equates
to six inches here. – Can we drop some more PSI? – Basically were gonna try and once again go as slow as possible. ♪ Go now, go now ♪ ♪ Tomorrow waits for you ♪ (both laughing) Wow. – I got a little off line there. – It’s ridiculous.
– It’s ridiculously slippery. – Yeah. ♪ Tomorrow waits for no one ♪ – At this point I’ve been
working with Sterling for about 20 years. We’ve had a chance to
travel the world together, and I think in some ways our careers have kinda paralleled one another. If I’m being honest with myself. I never did my best
riding in competitions. I always struggled with nerves, I always felt like I rode a bit tight. Filming was always kinda
where my greatest passion was and I really like working with a team on a common goal and
documenting mountain biking is the best way possible. I love the creative element
that you can bring to it and, you know, your own individual style. That was the environment that
I felt most comfortable with, and where I felt like
I did my best riding. (mellow instrumental music) [Sterling Lorence] That might
fire a little bit in a second. – I’ll get up there. Ah the recipe that we look
for, for shooting photos and film, it doesn’t get
any better than today. Sterl, are you good for one? (mellow instrumental music)